This week is Climate Week, the biggest climate change campaign in Britain and anyone can get involved, including you.
It is very easy to become slightly complacent about environmental issues with the seemingly constant doom and gloom combined with mixed messages that bombard us from the media. This week, take a step back and consider the environment that you live in. If you do nothing else, go outside and relax in a green space. Whilst you sit there, don’t just look around you but really observe what is going on, the wildlife getting on with things is truly amazing and pretty unique in our little corner of the universe. That humble little insect that buzzes past you is a complex collection of incredible chemical processes, mind blowing bio-mechanics and eye bending physics all coming together to keep it in the air as it deftly manoeuvres past. In one second you could destroy that marvel of life with a swipe of your hand and carry on with your day, but I bet if you consider what that little insect is you would not do it. If you really thought about it and observed that incredible little thing for what it is, a unique and marvellous individual occupying an important niche in the ecology of our planet, you would let it fly on and enjoy the rest of its day. Well, we are slowly splatting our planet with a giant swipe from the hand of the human race. Each day we consume resources and pump out pollution and waste at the current rate is another step closer to destroying this truly unique bubble of life in the universe.
So take a step back from your life and consider what you can do to make a difference, even the smallest thing at an individual level becomes a big change on the global level. We are unavoidably connected to, and dependant on, our environment to survive and even small changes to the climate can have an enormous impact on our little niche in the world. The planet as a whole can adapt on a geological time scale and life will go on, but not as we know it, Jim. So if we wish to continue enjoying our home, we had better start looking after it. The human being with its brain and technology is capable of living in true harmony with our planet, but can also blindly destroy it without thinking. When you go back into your house, take a good look around and see how you can reduce your impact. Check out the Climate Week website here for ideas, tips and advice and make that difference. The life of the human race, and the planet with its wildlife as we know it, literally depends on it.